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All-Sentinel Coach of the Year: DeLawn Parrish

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Photo by Daniel Kucin. DeLawn Parrish has built a winning tradition for Wise.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. DeLawn Parrish has built a winning tradition for Wise.

Published on: Thursday, April 04, 2013

By Daniel Kucin

Wise head football coach DeLawn Parrish has taken the reigns of Wise’s football team and has quickly built a successful program from the ground up.

He led his Pumas to win the 4A state title in a 12-7 victory over Quince Orchard in December, and despite having a disappointing inaugural season finishing at 2-8, Parrish never had a losing season the following six years.

For all of these reasons, Parrish has been named The Prince George’s Sentinel’s Coach of the Year.

Things started to turn around in 2008, when Parrish guided the Pumas to their first regional championship in school history, after only three years at the helm.

The following year, the Pumas finished the season with a 12-2 record and defended their regional championship. The Pumas made it to the state final and broke a state record with eight-straight shutouts and 10 total for the season.

However, Wise was still lacking a championship title under its belt, even after all of the strides the Pumas have made in only seven years. They have come so close to finishing the year on top, but fell short at the end.

However, this year was a completely different story. Parrish molded his team into the most competitive and talented collection of players that Prince George’s County has seen in a long time. The Pumas not only won the state 4A championship, but they boasted an undefeated record (14-0) and posted eight shutouts.

The Pumas outscored their opponents with an astonishing point differential of 547 points to 50 by year’s end.

Parrish will have the luxury of bringing back a decent amount of returning players next year, including starting quarterback Isaiah Black.

Since Parrish has held his position at Wise, the Pumas have won the state 4A title, three regional championships, and two league championships, and he has had eight prospects commit to the likes of Maryland, James Madison, North Carolina Central University and Florida International. 

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